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* ST. LOUIS, Mo. (12/7/09)--When First Community CU, Chesterfield, Mo., learned the Humane Society of Missouri urgently needed supplies, staff acted fast, reports the Missouri Credit Union Association (The Missouri difference Dec. 4). The animal shelter and adoption agency had received more than 150 pit bull puppies as a result of a multi-state dog-fighting raid. The $1.5 million asset credit union encouraged employees to bring in jars of peanut butter, new dog toys and clean linens by offering a dress down day. Employees donated more than 300 jars of peanut butter and toys. "We have a lot of 'dog people' at First Community so I'm not surprised so many employees wanted to help a great organization like the Humane Society," said President Glenn Barks. "We hope when these puppies get adopted their new owners will bring them through our drive-ups for a free dog treat." … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (12/7/09)--James McCaw, president/CEO of Viriva Community CU, Philadelphia, was featured recently on WPHL TV-17's "Better Philly" show about the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosures Act, says the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway Dec. 3). McCaw told the station that "Consumers are strongly encouraged to shop around," even if they've accumulated a balance on their card. He said the opportunity to save money is still available by transferring the balance from their high interest rate card to a lower interest rate card. However, consumers must make sure they are aware of any balance transfer fees … * MONTPELIER, Vt. (12/7/09)--Colin M. Ryan has been selected to spearhead the Association of Vermont Credit Unions' (AVCU) Concerts for Financial Literacy project, which will debut at several high schools in the state early next year. Ryan has background as a journalist, a radio station general manager, and film school graduate. AVCU said his background made him the best choice to connect with Vermont's 14- to 18-year-old population (Newslines Express Dec. 4) … * BELLEVUE, Neb. (12/7/09)--Gail DeBoer, president of Bellevue, Neb.-based SAC FCU, received the Bellevue Chamber's Woman of the Year Award at Bellevue University's Student Center. DeBoer was recognized for significant contributions to the nearly $400 million asset credit union and the business community since becoming president in January 2007. During that time, the credit union changed its logo and received several awards, including an ethical business practices award from the Better Business Bureau; and the Best of Omaha award in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and more … * BATON ROUGE, La. (12/7/09)--The Baton Rouge chapter of the
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Louisiana Credit Union League began building its house for Habitat for Humanity on Oct. 31, says the league's newsletter, eNews (Dec. 2). The chapter raised more than $75,000 for the building. Each Wednesday and Saturday volunteers such as these from all Baton Rouge area credit unions work on the home. The league said the project is scheduled to be completed in February. (Photo provided by the Louisiana Credit Union League) … * LA PLACE, La. (12/7/09)--Louisiana FCU bucked the mortgage financing trend by celebrating the grand opening of its Mortgage
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Operations Center Nov. 12, reports the Louisiana Credit Union League (eNews Dec. 2). "Even though we've all witnessed the national crisis in mortgage financing combined with a significant decline in new housing in St. John's residential growth rate, we're very optimistic about some more recent trends," said Louisiana FCU President/CEO Rhonda Hotard. "With recent growth rates showing a steady increase coupled with an overwhelming interest in mortgages, our members are looking for affordable financing options, and we are able and ready to help them achieve this financial milestone." The new center will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The La Place-based credit union offers first mortgages, home equity loans, construction and land loans and other real estate financing options. (Photo provided by the Louisiana Credit Union League) …


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